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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Business (BUST08026)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course affords students an understanding of the nature, structure and workings of contemporary business organisations. This is achieved by applying the concepts and techniques of the social sciences to the problems of business. With the mix of lectures, tutorials and assignments, the course aims simultaneously to cater for the needs of those who have, and have not, formally studied the subject prior to University.

Course description This course affords students an understanding of the nature, structure and workings of contemporary business organisations. This is achieved by applying the concepts and techniques of the social sciences to the problems of business. With the mix of lectures, tutorials and assignments, the course aims simultaneously to cater for the needs of those who have, and have not, formally studied the subject prior to University.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the course for students for whom Business is an outside course option. If Business is a mandatory part of your degree programme you must take Foundations of Business (BUST08025).


Syllabus
Business Analytics
Business Policy & Strategy
Economic Analysis
Employment Relations & HRM
Finance
Foundations of Organisational Behaviour
Marketing
Operations Management


Student Learning Experience

After an initial lecture which introduces the subject content of Business and its methodology, the course comprises eight modules throughout Semesters 1 and 2 (see above)

The students are introduced to the subject-matter of the modules by a combination of lectures and weekly tutorials, and students have the opportunity to select areas to study in depth through a choice of essay topics. The poster exercise is designed to encourage practical application of concepts and models introduced in the initial module on Business Policy and Strategy, and to encourage early interaction with academic staff and peers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Global Challenges for Business (BUST08035) AND Industrial Management 1 (BUST08002)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  300
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 59, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 307 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group project (poster exercise) accounts for 10% of the assessment.
Two essays, each essay accounts for 20% of the assessment.
Final degree exam accounts for 50% of the assessment.
Feedback Feedback on your coursework, together with individual marks, will be available vie the course LEARN site, no more than 15 days after the submission date.

Your examination marks will be posted on Learn (together with generic exam feedback) as soon as possible after the Boards of Examiners' meeting in June. During the summer months (i.e. mid/end June-end August), you may visit UG Office (Room 1.11, Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place) to look at your examination scripts.

Non-Honours students are permitted to take examination scripts away with them from the UG Office.

Continuing students will also be given the opportunity to review their examination scripts early in the new academic year in Semester 1 (i.e. in October).
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the various ways in which organisations are structured and managed
  2. Describe the inter-relationships between organisations and the environments in which they operate
  3. Explain and evaluate critically the contribution of the various techniques and functions to the operation and development of organisations.
  4. Describe and discuss critically such key contemporary topics as the globalisation of business, and the responsibilities of organisations, including environmental concerns and employees welfare.
Reading List
You are strongly advised to purchase a copy of the Custom Textbook, Volumes 1 & 2 (available exclusively from Blackwell's South Bridge)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills

On completion of the course, students should have had inculcated into them the desirability, and the methods, of time management and planning through lectures, tutorials and course assignments. Students should have been encouraged to:

(a) use the entire range of learning resources that are available to today's students;
(b) analyse and solve organisational problems and issues, especially through tutorials;
(c) appreciate the holistic nature of the contemporary organisation, especially through the two integrated assignments.

Key Skills

On completion of the course, students should have been encouraged to:

(a) develop their written skills, through the two assignments and the degree exam;
(b) develop their oral skills through the weekly tutorials;
(c) be aware of, and confidently to use, the range of quantitative and qualitative techniques that are appropriate to contemporary organisations;
(d) acquire, or develop, computer literacy techniques.

Subject-Specific Skills

On completion of the course, students should be aware of:

(a) the techniques and insights that are germane to Strategy, Business Economics, Marketing, Operations Management, Management Science, Finance, Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, and Organisational Behaviour.
(b) the uses, abuses and limits of these techniques and insights
Additional Class Delivery Information 3 x 50 minute Lectures plus 1 x 50 minute tutorial per week.
KeywordsBusiness Policy and Strategy; the Economic Environment and Anatomy of Business; Marketing; Operation
Contacts
Course organiserDr Ashley Lloyd
Tel: (0131 6)50 3817
Email: Ashley.Lloyd@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Kimberley Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)51 5009
Email: kimberley.bruce@ed.ac.uk
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